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Mendham Teen Establishes STEAM Non-Profit

"To date, approximately 3,700 students have taken advantage of the STEAM Forward initiative. Vitebsky was even awarded the PPM Prize for Social Change for his efforts... Truly a pioneer in its field, STEAM Forward focuses on innovative ways to build on the new instead of clinging to the outdated... 'It is a whole new way of teaching, of learning,' he explains. 'At STEAM Forward we don't want learning to be boring. We engage the students in various ways. It isn't just hearing a passive lecture. Some students are visual learners, but some are not, so the programs reflect that. Some of our programs are auditory, and some are even tactile, with sensory and interactive technology. When students are engaged, they are learning at their fullest capacity and are successful.' Some of his favorite activities include having the students go outside to use and maneuver drones, and web site development where the students can enjoy using graphics and animation on the screen. The program is extremely relatable for both students and teachers. 'Students enjoy STEAM Forward because we know how they think and assimilate information. Teachers like it because they see valuable teaching techniques and want to use them in their own classes."

Mendham Life Newspaper (Print, April 7, 2020) -

Nicholas Vitebsky’s Nonprofit Runs Coding Workshops For Students

"In all areas related to STEM and arts, STEAM Forward Inc. is involved with all types of communities. From running an annual charity concert at the Highlands Ridge Park in Chester with 6 musical ensembles from Mendham High School to running coding workshops for disadvantaged kids, the organization provides Vitebsky with a unique vehicle for giving back to his community. ‘I wanted to give others a helping hand once I realized how valuable that guidance is for people without a supportive family situation like my own,’ Vitebsky told us."

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Mendham teen helps disadvantaged kids with computers

"The organization runs coding workshops and concerts for thousands of low-income kids. Vitebsky has worked with large corporations and nonprofits to bring students, technology professionals and musicians together to end education inequality"

Mendham teen pioneers service work with nonprofit organization “STEAM Forward.”

"His organization has worked with large corporations and nonprofits to bring students, technology professionals, and musicians together to end education inequality. He recently received the PPM Prize for Social Change for his work.

He told us that it was challenging for him to begin learning computer science because he 'didn’t know where to start,' so he wants to give as many others as possible a solid foundation to start learning and break all socioeconomic boundaries within the field."

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Mendham Teen Helps Disadvantaged Children With Coding

"Founded in 2017, the organization has since spread to impact thousands of disadvantaged students across the country.

The organization runs coding workshops to educate disadvantaged children in computer science. Vitebsky's new book, If Coding, Then Happy, is also distributed at the workshops (published on Amazon as well)."

Mendham teen helps disadvantaged kids with computers

"Mendham High School senior Nicholas Vitebsky has formed a nonprofit organization 'STEAM Forward,' to help teach computer skills to children from low-income families."


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